MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Two years ago, Republican Brian Moore and Democrat Tom Schueller were matched up for the District 58 legislative seat, with Moore taking it away from incumbent Schueller.
Now, the two are vying again for the same position, with Moore as the incumbent. And many of the issues have not changed — the Iowa Legislature is still battling over commercial property taxes and a fuel tax.
Moore, of Zwingle, said he favors an increase in the fuel tax, with a 3 percent increase in the first year, 3 percent in the second year and 4 percent in the third year.
“It’s a tool to fund our roads,” Moore said. “There will be 20 to 25 percent of the vehicles from outside of the state which will pay the tax.”
Schueller, of Maquoketa, said the state continues to build roads and bridges and needs the gas tax increase to help pay for it.
“I would put a capital improvement plan into place for upkeep of the roads, which would take the political decisions out of it when repairs are required,” Schueller said.
Next session, legislators will be dealing with commercial property tax relief again.
Schueller said legislators need to put together a plan and work with the House and Senate leadership to get a proposal on the floor.
“The assessments need to be done fairly and equitably across the state. What’s in place now needs to be followed,” Schueller said.
Moore said they proposed five different bills last year, most bipartisan, but they were not brought up by the Senate.
“We need to do a better job of working together,” Moore said. “We need to concentrate on getting at least some tax relief.”
Brian S. Moore
Address: Zwingle, Iowa
Education: Maquoketa Community Schools, 1980; associate degree in ag business from Kirkwood Community College.
Occupation: Farming operation, 1985 to present; owner of Elwood Feed & Livestock, livestock transportation business; past owner of Zwingle Feed & Grain.
Previous elected experience: First term Iowa state representative
Family: Wife, Kim; eight children, Brandon, Brigham, Brett, Brandt, Bree Ann, Broderick, Brittany, Brooklynn; one grandchild.
Address: 503 W. Platt St., Maquoketa, Iowa
Education: Hempstead High School, Dubuque. Attended Clinton Community College.
Occupation: Owner, Schueller and Sons Reconstruction, Maquoketa
Previous elected office or experience: Maquoketa City Council, 11 years, Iowa House of Representatives, three terms
Family: Wife, Melodie; three grown children; eight grandchildren
About the district
Iowa District 58 encompasses Jackson County and parts of Dubuque and Jones counties.
Salary of the position: $25,000 annually